When human beings experience dark spells in life due to unresolved issues and various life stressors, life can feel like it is about to come undone…
However - what feels like dissolution can be an invitation from the soul to step through a doorway leading to a greater union with the Self.
My passion is helping people through “the dark night of the soul” that visits every human at some point along the journey of life. Reminding people that they are not alone, helping them process it without judgement and with compassion and empathy, listening and reflecting, instilling hope, showing them that they can heal, come through it stronger and happier is the best part of being a psychotherapist.
I believe in the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
Teaching people how amazing their mind is, how to find healthy perceptions of themselves, how to deepen their relationships and communicate effectively in their life is so fulfilling.
Because no too people are alike - I chose to train and practice as an Integrative Psychotherapist. I have a humanistic ethos whilst drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches. This allows me draw on an eclectic skill set in order to tailor therapy to the needs of each individual.
I trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the Irish Hypnotherapy Association and completed my certification in Counselling Skills with NUI Maynooth. I practised privately at the Sanctuary Clinic for several years before completing my Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at Turning Point and Dublin City University. I worked as a therapist at Vita House Family Centre in Roscommon before moving into private psychotherapy practice. An interest in research led to my decision to further my education by completing the Turning Point and Dublin City University Masters Degree programme. I am ardent about continued professional education, ethical practice and attend regular clinical supervision. I have a special interest in the therapeutic nature of the human animal bond.
I am inspired by poetry, art and nature, have a passionate love and respect for all animals and I love the beauty and peace of the Irish countryside. I have a keen interest in the psychodynamics of the human - animal bond, emotional and psychological attachment to our fellow creatures and how our connection to other living beings and nature enhances the well being of all.
Annie O'Brien M.Sc. MIACP MIHA has a Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Turning Point Institute and Dublin City University. This course is one of the leading training courses in Ireland and is recognised by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP).